Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Thursday 17 November 2016

HMS Caledonia

The third of my fleet is finally done. The Caledonia was laid down in 1805 and launched in 1808; she took part in a few major actions before being renamed HMS Dreadnought. She ended her days as a hospital ship, which is as good a way to go as any.

Pulling alongside the Santissima Trinidad for a devastating broadside.

The colour scheme is the classic Royal Navy yellow with black trim and red gunport covers. The Caledonia was painted in the scheme later in her life, I believe; I've not been able to confirm that she looked like this at the beginning of her career. 

The rigging was again relatively simple; I made a few mistakes with the ratlines but nothing I can't live with. 

One more to go before I decide whether to buy any more. I have to admit to really enjoying working on these. 


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    1. Thank you, Sir. I am really enjoying these. Find myself humming Heart of Oak while I rig them.

  2. Another great looking ship, lovely work.
    All the best Iain